Buttigieg Says O’Rourke’s Plan to Pull Tax Breaks From Anti-LGBTQ Orgs ‘Means Going to War’ With Churches

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-Ind.) pushed back against his 2020 opponent Beto O’Rourke after the former congressman promised to pull tax exemptions from churches against same-sex marriage.

During a town hall event on CNN, O’Rourke outlined his plan to protect the LGBTQ community in the United States. As part of that plan, O’Rouke said he would revoke the tax-exempt status of any non-profit — including churches, charities, and universities — that do not fully support same-sex marriage.

“There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us,” O’Rourke said. “And so as president, we’re going to make that a priority and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.”

Many on the Republican side of the aisle were outraged with O’Rourke’s proposal and the threat it could pose to religious freedom in the United States, but as Buttigieg demonstrated, that outrage isn’t limited to those on the right.

During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Buttigieg told host Jake Tapper that he’s not sure O’Rourke realizes the turmoil such a policy could create in the United States.

Watch Buttigieg’s comments below:

“I agree that anti-discrimination law ought to be applied to all institutions but the idea you are going to strip churches of their tax-exempt status if they haven’t found their way toward blessing same-sex marriage, I’m not sure he understood the implications of what he’s saying. I mean, that means going to war not only with churches, but I would think with mosques and a lot of organizations that may not have the same view of various religious principles that I do.”

Buttigieg remained open to the idea of allowing anti-discrimination laws to be applied everywhere, even schools and non-profit organizations, but remained firm that the state should not get involved in mandating the views of churches.

“So if we want to talk about anti-discrimination law for a school or an organization, absolutely. They should not be able to discriminate. But going after the tax exception of churches, Islamic centers, or other religious facilities in this country, I think that’s just going to deepen the divisions we’re experiencing at a moment when we’re seeing more and more people motivated often by compassion and by people they love moving in the right direction on LGBTQ rights. Which is obviously extremely important to me personally.”

Buttigieg — who is a gay man himself — hasn’t been afraid to tie in religious arguments to try to defend his political positions, as IJR previously reported.

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Terry L
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Terry L

Do they really think that Americans have forgotten what happened when the state had control over religious beliefs? That the reason in 1894 Churches were made tax free was in fact to end the BLATANT VIOLATION of the first amendments prohibition on the STATE establishing and restricting religion based on what certain people GOVERNMENT insisted their beliefs should be or they would be TAXED out of existence. I still have not heard the results of the court case just a few years ago where a state not only declared on religion as not being recognized as a tax free religion… Read more »

Eric
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There isn’t a chance in HELL.
For any of you DemonicRats living inside of the White House anytime soon!!

Peter Aiello
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The only reason why the outrage is limited to only those on the right is because the left believes that religion should be under the thumb of the state.

Tom Bodine
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Pete Buttplug vs Beto the Dildo ?

Bob
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Christanity believes in love and tolerance (not judgemental). To love your neighbor as thyself is a commandment. However God does NOT love the actions of people if they do not follow the scriptures and keep themselves clean from sin. The old adage of God made Adam and Eve NOT Adam and Steve is a truth that demonrats do not want to understand or accept because it is their desire to bring down this nation by whatever means necessary. We love the person NOT their actions just as we do not accept murder we do not accept what gays do because… Read more »

Paul
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Christianity should be a belief in love and tolerance. Hard for many Christian parents to admit, perhaps a member of their loved ones have come out. Rather than punish them , perhaps get an understanding of what they are going through. Remember the verse about Jesus and his 12 disciples: “John, who Jesus loved.” I don’t think that love and tolerance can be legislated. It has to come from the heart. It isn’t based on conservative/liberal.

Paul
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Christianity, by its own definition, should be led by love and tolerance. These denominations, that profess these beliefs, and do not follow them, should perhaps, not be denied tax-exempt status, but perhaps deliberating why they deserve it. Remember the descriptive Bible verse: (John: the disciple who Jesus loved.)

Screwtape
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“Buttigieg remained open to the idea of allowing anti-discrimination laws to be applied everywhere, even schools and non-profit organizations, but remained firm that the state should not get involved in mandating the views of churches.”

So….how does the “mayor” feel about religious-run/affiliated schools?

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